SUN-ERGY is a proposal for a European large-scale research initiative in the area of fossil-free fuels and chemicals. The initiative will be launched with the objective to complement existing European partnerships and enable the full decoupling of economic growth from the utilization of fossil resources.

Logo of SUNRISE and ENERGY X projects

SUN-ERGY stems from two European initiatives, SUNRISE and ENERGY-X. These two ongoing Horizon 2020 Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs) have been selected by the European Commission in 2018 as preparatory actions addressing major technological and societal challenges. As these CSAs will end in February 2020, they have joined forces to launch SUN-ERGY, a new large-scale research initiative in Horizon Europe, the next research and innovation framework programme.

During the event, SUNRISE and ENERGY-X  will present their achievements, and propose their joint vision on decarbonizing the European industry and society over the next 30 years. 

The kick-off event is organized in two sessions: an afternoon session on 5 February 2020, from 16.00 to 18.00, followed by a reception (TownHall, Square de Meeus, 5), and a morning session on 6 February 2020, from 9.00 to 13.00 (The Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, 21 Rue Montoyer).

The event is free but subject to registration before January 24th.


SUNRISE aims to develop ways of mimicking natural photosynthesis to produce sustainable fuels and commodity chemicals for renewable energy storage and a clean chemical industry. It uses High Performance Computing, advanced biomimicry, and synthetic biology to design new materials that can capture and store solar energy. It also works on nitrogen fixation and the conversion of atmospheric CO2 into products. 

ENERGY-X aims to find ways for efficiently converting solar and wind energy into chemical forms. It aims to develop new catalysts as well as novel approaches for converting water, CO2, and N2 into fuels and base chemicals, which should substantially help to reduce Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels. It focuses in particular on the manufacturing of carbon-neutral aviation fuels and the local production of fertilisers with no carbon footprint.


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